Your club activities might be changing – new proposals by British Canoeing have been announced – Your comments online may be used in plans going forward. Of particular concern to us will be Proposal 9 – Coaching, Leadership and Instructing Qualifications
9: Coaching, Leadership and Instructing Qualifications
Whilst the majority of coaches are qualified, our regulations allow for some individuals to lead and coach paddling activities on the basis of an assessment of their competence made by club committee members. It is proposed to change this so that all coaches, leaders and instructors will be required to hold a certified British Canoeing qualification and be currently qualified with all necessary updates undertaken.
This means that 95% of all coaching and leading in the club could stop. This together with the plan to remove peer paddling from being covered by any third party insurance or as a club activity would mean that the club could no longer operate or at least would be radically different from now.
This would mean for LCC:
Dock paddling would stop except for led groups of 4 (BC Qualified sheltered water leader with all updates)
Most river trips would stop
Most sea trips would stop
Club weekends and residentials would not happen unless qualified leaders and coaches were available for all groups of 4.
All other club activities would need to be reviewed including pool sessions and surfing etc.
I would welcome all members to review the proposals and to respond with their views, especially to proposal 9, as this will have severe repercussions on all our paddling with the club if the proposal is approved and implemented in October 2020.